My daughter will be going to Auckland from July to December - student exchange programme. I am worried about the cold weather. We are from Singapore and our weather here is about 33/34 degrees. What can I do to help her cope. She is travelling for the first time, alone.
It shouldn't be too horrendous in Auckland - look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/city_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT003100.
It'll certainly feel a fair bit colder than Singapore but not dangerously so - just wrap her up in some nice fluffy jumpers and a warm jacket and she'll be fine.
The days are generally ok but it gets much colder at nights and in the early mornings, so make sure your daughter has some warm clothes. June, July and August are the coldest months - by September it's starting to get noticeably warmer again so for most of the time your daughter is here she will have warm or hot weather. The winters can be quite wet though, so she will need an umbrella! It's 16 degrees here today which is not bad for the start of winter.
Auckland does not get as cold as other parts of the country but so far it is a cold start to winter, and it will be much colder than Singapore.If your daughter wears layers of warm clothes.........she can start off well wrapped up and then as it warms during the day take layers off. She needs warm slippers,( she can get these cheaply at Number 1 shoe shops around Auckland) Wool socks - if you have warm feet it helps keep you warm.Jacket, jumpers, maybe hat and gloves for July/August.Merino wool garments are great.She can get them here.They are light and very warm and she could wear a long sleeved merino top under her school uniform.Most uniforms have wool jumpers.I like to have a sleeveless merino top, then a long sleeved one, then if really cold....... a warm sweater or jumper.
We do get a lot of rain so she needs a waterproof jacket. School children tend not to wear them here ..........it is not apparently a fashion item!
Hopefully her host family will check she is warm. She does need to be encouraged to ask for warm gear and blankets if she is struggling with the cold.
It will start to warm up ( usually Ocotober/ November.)There would more likely be a mix of some warmer and some cooler days. Our weather is very unpredictable. I hope she enjoys her student exchange.
Thank you bex76 and you too, kiwigail.
Her threshold of cold is very low. She will be staying in the hostel. I am now beginning to gather the things she will need while she is there. Thank you for the tip on 'a water-proof jacket' and 'an umbrella'.
I would like to know if New Zealand's tap water is safe to drink, without boiling?
Tap water is fine to drink in NZ without boiling.
Thank you so much for your help.